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Doctoral studies
Make your own research and get your PhD title

General information

The University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest runs a series of doctoral programmes whose specific objectives are to train researchers and form research teams to successfully address the challenges of new sciences, techniques and methodologies.

Currently, the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest has about 1480 doctoral students, enrolled in 14 doctoral schools. The doctoral studies are coordinated by the Council of Doctoral Studies, composed by members elected by the doctoral supervisors and by the doctoral students, as well as by directors of the doctoral schools. The Council is chaired by a Director with the rank of a Vice-Rector.

Doctoral schools and programmes

The UPB doctoral schools offers a total of 16 doctoral programmes covering all the fields of engineering: electrical, mechanical, IT, chemical, industrial, materials, entrepreneurship etc.

The schools cooperate among each other, and the structure of doctoral education encompasses all of the University’s disciplines. Our schools offer professional training to doctoral students and provide education in specific fields in collaboration with the respective faculties. The doctoral programmes ensure students systematic education and professional supervision.

The doctoral students will benefit from a large and modern research infrastructure which was well developed in the last few years with funds from EU, good examples being the two research advanced centers CAMPUS (http://campus.pub.ro/) and PRECIS (http://precis.acs.pub.ro/) which accommodate a high number of doctoral students working in a high-scientific environmental level, using advanced techniques for modern end-use applications such as bioprinting for tissue engineering and printing artificial organs, artificial intelligence etc.

Dual degree PhD (COTUTELLE)

UPB encourages and supports doctoral theses in Cotutelle, and has concluded over 20 such partnerships in the last 5 years. The cotutelle addresses both international and Romanian universities and economic partners.

Admission process

For enrollment information and admission process for non-EU students please access the following link.
For enrollment information and admission process for EU students please access the following link.

The admission of candidates is organised annually in two sessions - July and September.

Foreign candidates are admitted to doctoral programs in these two sessions only if they previously perform the steps of a pre-selection process. The duration of doctoral studies is three years, with the possibility of one-year extension in well-justified cases.

The cycle of doctoral study organised by the Doctoral schools has two obligatory stages:

  • The student learning program based on advanced university studies, having a duration of three months in the first year of the doctorate, just after being admitted;
  • The individual research program, with duration of five semesters.
Each doctoral student is advised by a doctoral supervisor (or even two in cases of cotutelle), and by a guiding committee composed of three members. The PhD student has to present a number of research projects and to publish at least two scientific articles. When finished, the doctoral thesis has to be checked electronically against plagiarism and presented before the doctoral supervisor and the guiding committee. After this, the thesis is officially submitted, the rector nominates a defense committee in which there are at least two members from other universities or research institutes, and there is organised a public defence. The whole procedure is checked by the National Council for University Titles, Diplomas and Certificates, and after the minister awards the doctoral title, the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest also issues the doctoral diploma.

Before applying

Make sure you are eligible for doctoral studies

The main rule of eligibility is that you must hold a Master degree that is roughly comparable to a Romanian Master’s degree. A foreign degree is, as a rule, considered comparable when it makes you eligible to apply for doctoral studies in the country where you have completed the degree. An important part of eligibility are the language requirements. University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest demands an indication of academic level language skills in either Romanian, English or French for all applicants. Please note that UPB has a specified list of acceptable ways to prove your language skills.

The language that you choose to prove your skills in will be marked as the language of your doctoral degree.

Choose a discipline and find the doctoral programme best suited for you

Doctoral education at the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest is organized under 14 doctoral schools. By chosing your doctoral programme you will belong to a doctoral school. The boundaries between the programmes are flexible, and you can also take courses offered by other programmes.

Look for supervision
Finding a supervisor is an important step in the application process, and it is a good idea to start the search early – i.e. months before the application process begins. Most doctoral programmes require that you have a supervisor, in some cases even two, when you submit your application. In many ways, the most important person in the whole process of obtaining a doctorate is your supervisor. He will supervise your research and guide you through your doctoral degree. After finding a potential supervisor, contact him or her to discuss your research ideas and plans.
Prepare your application document

If you do not submit your documents following the instructions, your application may be rejected. You must submit officially certified copies of your degree certificate and transcript of records to Admission services of UPB.

Check if there is a country specific requirement for your documents. If there is a country specific requirement in place, you must follow it. Neglecting the requirement may lead to your application being rejected.

Funding options

At UPB, obtaining a doctoral study right does not automatically entitle you to a salary/scholarship. Taking care of the costs of living and tuition fees is your responsibility. There are options for funding your doctoral studies and before applying, you should familiarize yourself with them.


Responsible for non-EU doctoral studies
International Relations Department
Catalina DARABAN
Responsible for EU doctoral studies